A Simple Favor (film)

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A Simple Favor
A Simple Favor.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Paul Feig
Produced by
  • Jessie Henderson
  • Paul Feig
Screenplay by Jessica Sharzer
Based on A Simple Favor
by Darcey Bell
Music by Theodore Shapiro
Cinematography John Schwartzman
Edited by Brent White
Feigco Entertainment
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release date
  • September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
Running time
117 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English

A Simple Favor is an upcoming American mystery thriller film directed by Paul Feig and written by Jessica Sharzer. Based on the novel of the same name by Darcey Bell, the film stars Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively and follows a small-town blogger who tries to solve the disappearance of her mysterious and rich best friend. It will be released in the United States on September 14, 2018.


A Simple Favor centers on three small-town characters: a mom blogger (Anna Kendrick), her best friend (Blake Lively) who disappears suddenly and the latter's husband (Henry Golding). The story includes betrayals and reversals, a dead body and the revolving question of who is duping whom.[2]




In January 2016, it was announced that 20th Century Fox had bought the film rights to author Darcey Bell's novel, "A Simple Favor" prior to the book's publication. The story had been pitched as being similar to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. Creative Artists Agency represented the movie rights in the deal with Fox.[2]


In June 2017, it was announced that A Simple Favor would be extricated from 20th Century Fox and instead be distributed by Lionsgate. It was also announced that the film would be directed by Paul Feig with Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively announced as being "in talks" for the lead roles.[3] On July 26, 2017, Kendrick and Lively were confirmed for the lead roles while Henry Golding joined the cast as the husband of Lively's character.[4] Linda Cardellini was later announced as having been cast in an undisclosed role in September 2017.[5] Andrew Rannells, Jean Smart, and Rupert Friend were revealed to have been cast in the film later.[6]


A Simple Favor commenced principal production on August 14, 2017, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[4]


The film is set to be released on September 14, 2018.[7]


On May 1, 2018, Blake Lively deleted all pictures from her Instagram account in order to promote the film.[8] The first teaser trailer was released on May 2, 2018,[9] followed by the second teaser trailer, which was released on May 24.[10]


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